Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm EST
plunge off the fiscal cliff. with no plan and no apparent hope. but here we are, and we have got to do something. if we are determined to go over the cliff, as we seem, we have to do something to stop and the landing. at the bottom of the fiscal cliff are immediate and massive tax increases, deep and indiscriminate spending cuts, and a risk of another recession. if we come down on the final hours -- we have to bang choices -- to do nothing and cause an unbelievable amount of hardship for our fellow americans, or to do something to reduce the suffering inflicted on our citizens by an inflexible political system. mr. president, i choose to do something. today i am introducing the act -- the cliff alleviation at the last minute act. the act would do three important things. it will soften the financial blow the fiscal cliff, it will colmar financial markets, it gives us the certainty of a plan. it allows us, if we ever find the courage, to pursue the fiscal grand bargain that has eluded us so far. the financial markets are watching us and getting warmer -- nervous by the hour. we need to a
Dec 30, 2012 10:30am EST
be through a carbon tax is somethi. you can go to the c-span fiscal cliff website to get all the latest information, www.cspan.org/fiscalcliff. you should be checking back over the next 48 hours. guest: a deadline this afternoon. senator reid has said he will bring a bill to the floor that is what the president has asked for. i would not call it a plan b but it is clearly a fallback. bring ae're going to bill to the floor. it is an increase of taxes. eliminate single the amt or 2012 and extending unemployment. it would be those three elements. he would be st. negotiate with me and we can get something better. i would expect this to be filibustered. it plays right into what the white house might want. host: what incentive is there for john boehner to bring the bill up in the house of? guest: that is a good question. he said we might amend it. with these few hours before the start of the cliffs, paying a bill back and forth would most certainly mean we're going off. caller: i have a couple of comments. i think members of congress and the senate need to know that we are at their employers.
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm EST
-span fiscal cliff website to get the latest information. you should be checking back over the next 48 hours as things develop. guest: 8 the deadline this afternoon. the senate has set a self- imposed deadline for 3:00. host: is that senator reid's plan b? guest: it is clearly fall back. we will try to come up with negotiations. if not, we will bring a bill to the floor, he will tell the republicans. it will increase taxes on everyone earning over $250,000. it will fix the alternative minimum tax and extend unemployment. it would be those three elements. he would be saying to the republicans, negotiate with me. we can do to something better. otherwise, we will take a vote on this. i would expect this to be filibustered. that may play into what the white house wants, that would mean republicans having to take responsibility. john boehner did promise to bring up whatever the senate passed. he said we might amend it. an amendment process would almost certainly mean going over the cliff. host: sue is next on the independent line. caller: i think members of congress and the senate need to remembe